Every year over 500 people add immense value to The Connection’s services by volunteering their time.
All volunteers at The Connection at St Martin’s will have access to training and support and if you are unwaged your travel expenses will be paid.
Please note, we require a minimum six month commitment for most of our volunteering positions. For more information or to apply for any roles please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7925 7893.
Outreach Volunteers – Street Engagement Team (SET)
The Street Engagement Team works to identify and help people sleeping and living on the streets in the City of Westminster. They provide help with immediate needs by offering rough sleepers a place to stay (the night centre) while they assess individuals for further needs. SET aims to offer every individual they assess an appropriate route off the streets, as well as support around substance misuse, mental health, physical health etc and more. The team operates between Monday and Friday, 7am -7pm.
Volunteers are critical to help back up the work of the SET, especially during periods of extreme weather when there is greater urgency to ensure the team get to as many people as possible.
We currently require volunteers to be part of our volunteer bank and respond to ad hoc emails that request cover – this may be due to staff absence or increased shifts during extreme weather. You will accompany an Outreach Worker for 2 -3 hour shifts. Current shifts usually start at either 10am or 2pm, Monday – Friday, although this may be subject to change in the future.
Support, training and a full induction will be provided. A minimum of 3 months experience of volunteering in another role within The Connection or another homeless organisation where a reference can be provided would be advantageous.
Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator should you require further information.
Activities Volunteer – Friday 8:40am -1pm
Our busy ground floor drop in Activities Room requires a volunteer for Friday mornings.
This room is the first point of call for new and existing clients, who can use a pc, telephones, access a library and games. You role would be to support all of these activities and to help the Engagement & Assessment staff in managing newcomers to our services.
No two days are alike and you would need to be comfortable in a client facing role, helping with various computer tasks, filling in forms and speaking to people either in person or on the telephone. You may be required to show people around the centre or escort them to a specific service – such as the medical suite, and to provide a listening ear at all times.
We will give you full training and support. If you can speak another language besides English this could help with translation services.
Emergency Accommodation Volunteers – 8:45pm to 11:45pm Mondays or Wednesdays every week or 14 days and on weekends/ad hoc
Our emergency night centre takes up to 75 vulnerable people off the streets every night and we are looking for volunteers who can assist us in two areas of activities – either front of house or catering. We require a regular, weekly volunteer on either Monday or Wednesday and we are looking for ad hoc weekend volunteers who would be willing to volunteer one Saturday or Sunday per month.
Activities would either involve assisting with setting up beds/bedding, handing out toiletries, helping with telephone or email enquiries and generally being an extra pair of hands for whatever task is required, or assisting the trained chef in the preparation and serving of the evening meal, and tidying up afterwards.
In all cases what we are looking for is someone who is reliable, willing to help with various tasks, flexible and has a real interest in helping homeless clients face to face. Often time is spent just sitting and talking with clients so having a calm and friendly attitude is best – and if you can speak another language besides English this would definitely be a bonus.
Weekend volunteers are required to sign up and volunteer one Saturday or Sunday per month so this is for people who require a greater level of flexibility.
Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator if you would like further information email@example.com
Stand By Volunteers – weekday mornings
We are always looking for volunteers who we can contact – often at short notice – to fill in for one of our regular volunteers who cannot attend a shift. This could be in the Activities or Art Rooms, helping the NHS Homeless Health Team , or supporting our groups or catering staff.
What is required is a confident people person who can turn their hand to any task and really help us to keep all of our services running smoothly. This is an “as and when” required position, so it would be great if you are flexible, have weekday daytime availability, and want a client facing role where there is lots of variety. Please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator who can give you more information and role descriptions for any of the tasks you could be asked to cover.
Social Media Volunteer for the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride
The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride (QECR) is a sponsored cycle ride that takes place every year over the August Bank Holiday. Between 15 and 25 cyclists take part, cycling 200 miles over the 4-day weekend from Lincoln to London, following the Eleanor Crosses. and ending at Westminster Abbey, where Queen Eleanor of Castile, Edward 1’s wife, is buried. The QECR raises between £15,000 and £25,000 each year for the Friends of the Connection, in order to support the work of the Connection with homeless and vulnerable people.
The QECR is organised and promoted by a voluntary committee. We now need a volunteer to help us improve our use of Social Media in promoting the Ride, and recruiting new cyclists. Of course, the more cyclists we recruit to take part, the more we raise in sponsorship. The committee meets 4 or 5 times a year, and in addition to attending committee meetings (6 pm in central London or by skype), the Social Media volunteer could expect to spend on average a few hours a month between March and October, publicising the Ride and reporting on the lead up to the event, the event itself and the financial results.. A volunteer who also wished to cycle on the ride, or join our Support Team, would be an added bonus, although we do currently have a cyclist who has ensured we have had a very active Social media coverage during the Ride itself,. Another member of the committee focuses on the local press, so working in close liaison with him will be important.
Our primary requirement is for someone with good knowledge and skills in all forms of Social Media. We have a Facebook page, but it is not active. The volunteer will have ideas for building appropriate content, and stimulating response, and will be committed to our overall purpose of supporting the Connection’s work with homeless people in central London.
Anyone interested in this role should contact Charles Woodd, Chair, QECR Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 07962 213494.
We are in need of fundraising volunteers throughout the year, with meeting, cheering and helping to make our fundraisers feel valued and supported when they have worked hard to help us! Please see our events calendar for 2020 here to see our upcoming opportunities and to find out more.
Or you can e-mail email@example.com to be added to our events volunteer email list- so you’re the first to hear about any new opportunities!
Page last updated 10.02.2020.
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